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Southern Ocean wind stress in CMIP5 models: Role of wind fluctuations

first_imgThe Southern Ocean (SO) surface wind stress is a major atmospheric forcing for driving the Antarctic Circumpolar Current and the global overturning circulation. Here the effects of wind fluctuations at different time scales on SO wind stress in eighteen models from phase 5 of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5) are investigated. It is found that including wind fluctuations, especially on timescales associated with synoptic storms, in the stress calculation strongly enhances the mean strength, modulates the seasonal cycle, and significantly amplifies the trends of SO wind stress. In eleven out of the eighteen CMIP5 models, the SO wind stress has strengthened significantly over the period of 1960-2005. Among them, the strengthening trend of SO wind stress in one CMIP5 model is due to the increase in the intensity of wind fluctuations, while in all the other ten models the strengthening trend is due to the increasing strength of the mean westerly wind. These discrepancies in SO wind stress trend in CMIP5 models may explain some of the diverging behaviors in the model-simulated SO circulation. Our results suggest that to reduce the uncertainty in SO responses to wind stress changes in the coupled models, both the mean wind and wind fluctuations need to be better simulated.last_img read more

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‘Green Machine’ begin battle in Hong Kong today

first_imgIT’S ‘D-Day’ for the Green Machine, Guyana’s National Sevens Rugby team, as they embark on yet another ‘David versus Goliath’ journey.Guyana will feature once again at the IRB Hong Kong Sevens where they will attempt to show the rest of the world that they belong among the ‘big boys’ after dominating the Caribbean circuit.Ryan Gonsalves was named captain of the team, and will be joined by Claudius Butts, Richard Staglon, Ronald Mayers, Avery Corbin, Patrick King, Vallon Adams, Blaise Bailey, Rupert Giles, Rickford Cummings, Peabo Hamilton and Rondell McArthur.Robby Roberts will serve as the team’s manager and Barrington Brown their physical trainer.Guyana were placed in Pool G, alongside Spain, Uruguay and Papua New Guinea. The ‘Green Machine’ as they are more popularly known, will open their account on April 7 against Spain and would wrap up day one of the tournament facing the team from Southwest of the Pacific Ocean (Papua New Guinea).Guyana’s 7s rugby team captain Ryan GonsalvesThe men from the Land of Many Waters will play their South American neighbours Uruguay on April 8 in their final Group stage game.Green Machine head coach Shane Grant-Stewart is of the opinion that his team, collectively, are on-par with several of the world’s top rugby-playing nations, but more exposure at the top level is much needed.Meanwhile, for Gonsalves, it will be a return to familiar territory, with the team’s captain highlighting, “This is no strange place for me, and for some of the guys on the team. We all know what it takes to excel in Hong Kong. It’s no easy place because those teams are more regularly invited to the Sevens circuit when we (Guyana) have to wait an entire year to play and we have to actually qualify.”“It’s going to be tough, so we’re going to see how much practice games we could get with teams out of our group and we’ll try to get up with the speed of the game because that’s one factor that works against us.“Our chances are good and despite our showing the last time, we’re going out there to show that we belong at the top level and we’re not an underdog team,” Gonsalves added.last_img read more

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Barca’s Messi receives record sixth European Golden Shoe

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) – Barcelona forward Lionel Messi picked up a record-extending sixth – and third consecutive – European Golden Shoe award yesterday following his outstanding individual 2018-19 domestic campaign.The award is presented to the top goalscorer in league football across Europe, with the Argentine finding the net 36 times last season as Barca retained their La Liga title.Messi was three ahead of nearest rival Kylian Mbappe, who scored 33 times for Paris St Germain as they won France’s Ligue 1.“My team and my teammates, I would have never been able to win even one of these awards without them,” Messi said at the presentation in Barcelona. “This is recognition for everyone, all the team.”The forward, who won his first Golden Shoe in 2010, admitted he was disappointed to have missed out on Champions League glory again after Barcelona blew a 3-0 first leg lead to Liverpool at the semi-final stage. However, he said he was conscious that the league should be the club’s priority.“The Champions League is something special and we all want to win it, but we are conscious that the Liga is the most important.“La Liga can help you reach the Champions League and the Copa del Rey. It is very difficult if you don’t perform well in the Liga to compete in the Champions League.“We never forget about the Liga and the Copa because we are Barcelona and we always aim to win everything.”Barca have endured a difficult start to the season, losing twice in their first eight league games. They have won their last three matches to pull themselves into second place on 16 points, two behind leaders Real Madrid.last_img read more

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IBIA – MGA must adopt coherent approach on sports betting customer disputes

first_imgShare IBIA: Australia has made no progress on safeguarding sports integrity   July 28, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA) has published its official response to the Malta Gaming Authority’s (MGA) consultation on ‘suspicious betting reporting requirements and further integrity matters’. The IBIA underlined that it has followed MGA legislative developments closely since the regulatory body launched its ‘Prevention of Corruption in Sport Act‘ in  2018.Furthermore, the IBIA has supported the MGA in developing its ‘Sports Integrity Unit’ which became operational in 2019, stating: “We have had a positive relationship with the MGA for some years and supports the authority’s allocation of resources to, and focus on, sports betting integrity provisions.”Strengthening its integrity oversight, the MGA will implement its new ‘Section 43’ order sanctioned under its ‘Gaming Authorisations and Compliance Directive’.   Section 43 will require all B2C sports betting licensees to directly inform the MGA of any circumstances or instances of suspicious betting.Further licensee demands will require sportsbook operators to report all circumstances of voided bets as a result of ‘suspicion of manipulation’ with operators providing supporting documentation informing the MGA of their judgement and actions.As yet the MGA has not enforced Section 43, which forms part of the regulator’s new compliance functions sanctioned in August 2019, as the MGA seeks wider stakeholder input on the sports integrity directive.The IBIA has praised the MGA decision to conduct a further consultation on its draft suspicious betting protocols as an ‘example of good practice’.In its response, the IBIA highlighted three critical areas that the MGA must provide clarity for operators and stakeholders in relation to  ‘customer disputes relating to suspicious betting’,  ‘operator engagements with a global monitoring bodies’ and ‘betting integrity policy engagement with operators’.On customer disputes, the IBIA advised the MGA to adopt a suitable ‘dispute resolution process to ensure consistency of approach’.The integrity body pointed to recognised dispute resolution providers IBAS and eCOGRA, as institutions that have delivered a structured and coherent mechanism for dealing with customer disputes related to sports wagering.  Working with its members and arbitration bodies, the IBIA stated that it has developed standard frameworks for dealing with customer disputes and launching investigations that the MGA should consider.On operator engagement, the IBIA praised the MGA for recognising that operators play a fundamental role in integrity monitoring so that data can be relayed to relevant authorities.The MGA is advised to utilise data sharing to its ‘best effect’, with betting alerts focused on customer account transactions, over static market odds monitoring.   The IBIA underlined that effective data transfer on customer activity will help authorities gain vital evidence with regards to identifying criminal locations, spotting disproportionate wagering volumes, analysing behaviours and finding out which sports have been targeted.Highlighting the threat of international gangs targeting sports betting, the MGA is urged to adopt the IBIA’s ‘customer-based international alert system’.On the developing betting integrity policy, IBIA advises the MGA to develop a ‘regulator forum’ for open engagement with its licensed operators.  The Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner is branded as a key example of a regulatory body working with operators to properly structure and organise its information-sharing alert systems, helping improve its sports integrity technical systems and documenting procedures.   “Given that suspicious betting and the manipulation of sporting events is a global issue, IBIA hopes that the MGA will also give due consideration to what role this association might play in any future MGA initiatives in this area,” the IBIA stated concluding its response. StumbleUpon Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020last_img read more

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Insurance Agency Head Steps Down after 26 Years

first_imgFacebook76Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by  Barb Lally for Allstate InsuranceBill FunkBill Funk, former owner of the Allstate Insurance office in Lacey on College Street, has retired after 26 years of serving the residents of Thurston County and the South Sound with their insurance needs. Bill has been a resident of the county since 1984 and first opened an office with his wife Marilyn Zuckerman in 1990. The two had met in 1988 working as agents at the former Allstate Insurance booth at the back of the South Sound Sears store in Lacey.“It has been a privilege to be part of this wonderful community, helping families protect the things important to them,” says Funk who prior to working in insurance was a firefighter and served as a volunteer for the Black Lake Fire Department. “There are five offices still owned and managed by members of my family. Insurance is certainly a family business for us.”Bill Funk’s son, Vince Funk and his wife Debbie, own and manage the offices at 4531 Intelco Loop in Lacey and at 104 South Chehalis Street in Aberdeen. Bill Funk’s wife, Marilyn Zuckerman, owns and manages the Allstate office on 1718 State Street in Olympia.Funk’s daughter, Ronelle Funk, owns two Allstate offices. She has owned and managed an office in Yelm at 10501 Creek St SE since 2008. She recently purchased her father’s office on 1601 College Street when he made the decision to retire.“The incredible customer care that my father provided for years will continue in our communities,” says Ronelle Funk who was voted the 2014 Business of the Year by the Yelm Chamber of Commerce. “Dad started something that grew and the great insurance service he provided will remain an example and legacy to all our family offices.”last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MARCH 20, 2016

first_imgCOUNTDOWN ON FOR NYQUIST-MOHAYMEN MATCHALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR FOR CUPID IN REBELCHAMPION SONGBIRD WORKS WEDNESDAY FOR OAKS Jeff Mullins2876125%50%$195,099 INTEREST AMPS UP FOR FLORIDA DERBY SHOWDOWNThe racing world awaits the multi-story lined showdown April 2 in the $1 million Florida Derby between the two undefeated favorites for the Kentucky Derby, Santa Anita-based Nyquist, champion two-year-old male of 2015 trained by Doug O’Neill, and Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Mohaymen, winner of the Holy Bull and Fountain of Youth at his home track of Gulfstream Park, site of the Florida Derby.One with a vested interest is Steve Rothblum, a trainer in his own right for 30 years and an integral part of Team O’Neill’s success during his nine-year run with them. Call him an advisor, racing manager, it doesn’t really matter to Rothblum, who took time Sunday morning to scope the Florida Derby, which, for all intents and purposes, looks like a match race on paper.“It has all the ingredients to create major fan interest, for sure,” said Rothblum, whose business card reads, ‘Team O’Neill: Steve Rothblum.’“It’s an East-West rivalry and it’s great for racing, it’s fantastic, two unbeaten three-year-olds hooking up.“We’re taking a little the worst of it having to ship down to a race track Mohaymen has already won on going two turns a couple times, so he has a definite advantage.“But as far as the race unfolds, I believe we’re going to be in front of him, and if you’ve watched Nyquist run at all, he just doesn’t like horses to go by him. That’s just him.“If and when he does get beat, it’s going to be by a horse that’s going six-wide that he doesn’t catch in his sights. It will be interesting to see when Mohaymen comes to him, if he can get by him.“That’s the whole race. You’ll find out who’s who.” Vladimir Cerin4596520%44%$337,224 Ron Ellis2972324%41%$191,505 Gary Stevens591210820%51%$1,549,548 John Sadler78139617%36%$793,069 Jeff Bonde3874518%42%$186,525 William Spawr3685422%47%$227,242 Joseph Talamo21527232613%35%$1,876,589 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Flavien Prat23940434017%51%$2,571,481 Drayden Van Dyke1451315239%35%$875,472 Tyler Baze23523353410%39%$1,282,171 Mario Gutierrez17420312311%43%$1,246,549 Bob Baffert9219151321%51%$1,438,485 Agapito Delgadillo901111812%33%$327,712 Doug O’Neill16726232516%44%$1,358,833 Steven Miyadi6111121018%54%$357,172 (Current Through Saturday, March 19) Mike Smith891181612%39%$1,590,680 Brice Blanc5866710%33%$521,350 Martin Pedroza921110712%30%$323,510 Edwin Maldonado16130161519%38%$1,015,620 Peter Miller11913121811%36%$598,990 Kent Desormeaux11117242015%55%$1,492,410center_img TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Kristin Mulhall47117323%45%$397,955 Philip D’Amato12527212222%56%$1,457,225 Carla Gaines4583318%31%$598,465 GOTTA LOVE CUPID’S REBEL VICTORYDespite briefly losing focus in mid-stretch, Cupid quickly gathered himself together andwent on to an impressive length-and-quarter victory under Martin Garcia in Saturday’s Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, thrusting himself into the top echelon of Triple Crown contenders.            “There were people on the outside rail and it’s a sharp turn,” Bob Baffert said Sunday morning at Santa Anita, defining the incident involving the promising gray son of Tapit, who broke his maiden by 5 ¼ lengths at Santa Anita Feb. 7.“I think it was a combination of both that caused him to duck in. (American) Pharoah did it last year, Victor (Espinoza) told me, because the crowd’s right there, and the turn is narrow.“Fans are yelling and they’re lined up all the way to the end. Cupid just saw them for a few seconds, but he was so quick on his feet he got right back on track.“It was a strong performance, and he galloped out strong, too.”While Baffert did not commit to Cupid’s next race, the Blue Grass Stakes or the Arkansas Derby would seem likely options. Each is a Grade I, $1 million race at 1 1/8 miles, the Blue Grass at Keeneland on April 9 and the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn on April 16. Jerry Hollendorfer12620121516%37%$1,528,276 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Richard Baltas10217151417%45%$1,165,794 Victor Espinoza851110713%33%$843,805 Mark Glatt84910811%32%$433,545 Mike Puype7471259%32%$356,760 J. Keith Desormeaux46761015%50%$317,329 Tiago Pereira9861076%23%$413,704 FINISH LINES: Undefeated champion Songbird is scheduled to work at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday for the Grade I, $500,000 Santa Anita Oaks on April 9, Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward said. Ward also reported that Tara’s Tango came out of Saturday’s one-length victory over 9-10 favorite Taris in the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes in good order and will be nominated to the Grade I, $600,000 Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park April 15. “We’ll take a look at that,” Ward said . . . Carla Gaines has previously unbeaten California-bred Smokey Image ticketed for the Santa Anita Derby on April 9 despite his disappointing fifth-place finish in the San Felipe Stakes March 12. “He was a little off in his grain,” the trainer said, “but he scoped clean and his blood count was good, so it’s pretty puzzling.” . . . Trainer David Hofmans had no word Sunday morning on where Santa Anita Handicap winner Melatonin would run next . . . Stellar Wind, champion 3 year old filly of 2015, is set to have her first workout this week since finishing an eventful second by a neck in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff last Oct. 30, trainer John Sadler said . . . Rafael Bejarano rides Agustina de Aragon and Martin Garcia pilots Handfull in next Sunday’s March Madness Starter Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on turf. Handfull, a seven-year-old mare and winner of 14 of 33 career starts, won the race last year for Hollendorfer, who plans to enter Glory in next Saturday’s Grade II Santa Ana for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf in quest of her first stakes victory . . . Brice Blanc (Flamboyant), Victor Espinoza (California Chrome), Mario Gutierrez (Frank Conversation) and Flavien Prat (Hoppertunity) will be MIA at Santa Anita this week for their engagements in Dubai next Saturday . . . Ross Fenstermaker, trainer of the great Precisionist for Fred W. Hooper, was a visitor to Clockers’ Corner Sunday. Now 76 and 60 percent paralyzed on his left side from an aneurism that struck in 2006, Fenstermaker resides in nearby Monrovia and enjoyed visiting with old friends and associates on a glorious Southern California morning. Michael Machowsky3676419%47%$283,106 Alonso Quinonez766968%28%$302,330 Martin Garcia11418111116%35%$1,008,949 Fernando Perez16016172210%34%$843,439 Abel Lezcano6773410%21%$497,464 David Lopez14922121815%35%$671,431 Peter Eurton8815221217%56%$1,051,137 George Papaprodromou4784617%38%$237,220 Rafael Bejarano24858482523%53%$2,732,877 Santiago Gonzalez26647343218%42%$1,894,356last_img read more

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Harvey Walks, Yanks Rout Mets, 11-2

first_imgNEW YORK — There’s certainly one New York team elated about the limit on Matt Harvey’s innings — and it’s not the first-place Mets.Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia and the Yankees took advantage of Harvey’s early exit Sept. 20, beating the sloppy Mets 11-2 to tighten the AL East race just in time for a critical trip to Toronto.Dustin Ackley hit a three-run homer after Beltran’s go-ahead double, and Sabathia (5-9) won for the first time since July 8 as the Yankees took two of three at Citi Field to win both Subway Series this season.The Yankees, who lead the wild-card standings, moved within 2 1/2 games of the first-place Blue Jays heading into their three-game set beginning the night of Sept. 21. “I think you want a chance. That’s all you can ask for in this game,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.The only bad news for the Bronx Bombers: Masahiro Tanaka won’t make his scheduled start in the series because of a strained right hamstring.Harvey looks fully healthy, but was pulled after five scoreless innings. The Mets are curbing his workload down the stretch even as they try to close out an NL East championship — and attending to both details became difficult after the game.“The last thing I ever want to do, especially in a close game like that, is come out,” said Harvey, scheduled for two more (probably abbreviated) starts during the regular season. “I’m going to be ready for my next start, whenever it is.”The loss reduced the Mets’ lead to six games over Washington with 13 to play.Harvey’s previous turn was skipped after he got tagged by the Nationals on Sept. 8. Pitching for the first time in 12 days, the right-hander yielded only an infield single and struck out seven.Six relievers followed Harvey to the mound, and none were particularly effective. “It was extremely hard to take him out there,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “Couldn’t have set it up any worse than it was.”Once the Mets went to the soft part of their bullpen, the Yankees quickly erased a 1-0 deficit. Two of the Mets’ four errors helped the Yankees score five runs — four unearned — off Hansel Robles (4-3) in the sixth.Beltran hit a two-run double, and Ackley’s drive made it 5-1.Greg Bird added a three-run homer in a five-run eighth, long after Girardi was ejected by third base umpire John Hirschbeck for arguing a checked-swing strike.Girardi went nose-to-nose with Hirschbeck on the field, but didn’t realize he’d been tossed until Hirschbeck asked Girardi what he was still doing in the dugout an inning later.Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits for the Yankees. “It’s huge for us,” Beltran said. “They’re in first place. We’re trying to get there. It was a very meaningful ballgame.”Harvey has thrown 176 2/3 innings in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, and agent Scott Boras has said doctors don’t want the 26-year-old ace to surpass 180 — although Harvey says he would be available for the playoffs.“We’ll stay with the plan for right now until we see where we are at the end of the month,” Collins said.Harvey got a normal reception in his first home start since the ruckus about his innings limit drew an avalanche of criticism early this month. After he was removed, he sat on the bench and lowered his head, nodding during a chat with Collins.“It’s hard for me to get it, because I am, at heart, the old-school guy,” Collins said. “But I understand where it’s coming from. Therefore, you adjust to it. Because I’ve said before, there’s a lot of things in our game today I don’t necessarily agree with. You adjust to it or get out. So I’m adjusting to it. I might get out here pretty soon, but I’m going to adjust to it right now.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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In runup to Christmas online sales continue to be strong

first_imgNEW YORK — In the run-up to Christmas, online shopping continues to be strong.Online sales are up nearly 18 per cent to $110.6 billion from Nov. 1 through Wednesday, compared to the year-ago period, says Adobe Analytics, which tracks online spending.Adobe expects the service allowing online shoppers to pick up at physical stores to be robust on Saturday as shoppers look for other alternatives to avoid long lines. The Saturday before Christmas is considered the second busiest day for store traffic after Black Friday, according to ShopperTrak, a technology firm. For the season to date, the buy online-pick up service is up 47 per cent compared to the year ago-period, Adobe says.Adobe predicts online sales for the two-month period will reach at least $126 billion, surpassing its original forecast of $124.1 billion.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Trinamool BJP try to capture party offices in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: With West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress and emerging opposition BJP intensifying their fight ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, capturing and recapturing each other’s party offices have become a regular occurrence. Supporters of the BJP’s Coochbehar candidate Nisith Pramanik, who recently switched to the saffron party from the Trinamool, have allegedly recaptured a “Trinamool-acquired party office” at Bamanhat market in Coochbehar district. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “My association with Trinamool was a sin. The BJP is like the holy Ganges. Our supporters clean the party office with water from the holy river,” he said after taking over the office. BJP supporters alleged that the party office was “built by the party but Trinamool Congress acquired it ahead of last year’s panchayat elections”. Taking a jibe at Pramanik, Trinamool district President Rabindranath Ghosh accused him of being a turncoat. Activists of another former Trinamool leader, Arjun Singh, who has been nominated by the BJP from Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency, have also painted a Trinamool office on Ghosh Para Road in saffron colour in North 24 Parganas. Singh says the office was built by him. Later, Trinamool Congress “recaptured” the office.last_img read more

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Indias safety check

first_imgThe government’s decision to suspend cross LoC trade between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) in view of potential misuse of trade routes by Pakistan related elements is a good safety measure. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) yesterday evening imposed the suspension with immediate effect following reports of illegal weapons, narcotics and fake currency being funnelled into the country through these routes. MHA’s decision comes in the wake of NIA’s ongoing probes which have unravelled how LoC trading channels are operated by individuals closely associated with banned organisations fuelling terrorism and separatism. To this extent, it is likely that these operators are working at the behest of such banned outfits and pumping in illicit weapons to spread terror. Considering how India already retracted the most preferred nation (MFN) status following the Pulwama incident, apprehensions exist that LoC trade corridor might be extensively used to evade higher duty. MFN was certainly a boon for the trade relations between neighbouring countries and its absence must have certainly left Pakistan’s export of common goods to a standstill. The LoC trade, meant to facilitate the exchange of goods of common use between local populations across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, is allowed through two trade facilitation centres located at Salamabad in Baramulla district and Chakkan-da-Bagh in Poonch district. As per the government’s order, trade at both the centres have been suspended indefinitely while the government prepares stringent regulatory and enforcement mechanisms in place. Prior to this, trade and travel between the two sides were suspended following heavy Pakistani shelling along the LoC on April 1 which led three fatalities in Poonch while 24 others, including five security personnel, were injured. However, it had resumed on Tuesday with trucks carrying common goods across LoC into India. But NIA’s probe must have facilitated an insightful review of the decision which has now closed all trade facilities with Pakistan. It may be argued as to why this was not the case since the day India went on a diplomatic offensive against Pakistan. In all likelihood, the LoC trade routes may have been utilised to detrimental extents already. Reports received by MHA cite how “the trade has changed its character to mostly third party trade and products from other regions, including foreign countries, are finding their way through this route”. This means that a narrow corridor to India has been available for unscrupulous and anti-national elements to exploit. It would be interesting to see how Pakistan reacts to this development since earlier MFN and now this means Pakistan has to bear the full brunt of the incursions caused by terror outfits operating from its soil. While many may opine that this is detrimental to the relations between two nations, it is to be noted how this is the least concerning when it comes to relations. Presence of JeM on Pakistani soil was a single largest breach of trust that Pakistan has not been able to justify since it had claimed that JeM was banned back in 2002. India is wary of the potential threat to its territories, especially with the ongoing elections. But this threat could not have developed overnight. The timing of the decision attracts curiosity more than it garners apprehension. This sort of threat has been suspected for years as pointed out by Omar Abdullah and acknowledging it the state’s demand for truck scanners at trade points was floated but did not materialise. MHA’s decision cannot be criticised despite what the dissenting politicos such as Omar Abdullah or Mehbooba Mufti may feel. In a bid to safeguard borders from unforeseeable threats, the order puts several traders’ businesses in turmoil. This suspension also adds to the Pakistan policy of current dispensation which has so far projected a different outlook against Pakistan compared to the previous governments. Modi’s national security narrative gets another addition but his commitment towards mending relations with Pakistan certainly takes the back seat. What remains to be seen is whether this trade suspension helps curb whatever apprehensions MHA has cited as per NIA’s probe or does it only surface as a bold statement to reiterate Modi’s ‘nation first’ approach. As much as these safeguards would be appreciated in the light of what happened in Pulwama, it remains to be seen how they are handled to benefit the locals who have been at the receiving end of the Centre’s policies and notifications.last_img read more

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